What "Orwellian" Really Means

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Is the term Orwellian itself an example of double speak? Often it is, according to this short video that examines George Orwell's warnings about how language can be used to control thought. A great resource for today's digital natives.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups examine news reports on several competing stations and compare the language used to describe events, particularly those related to politics
  • A powerful resource for a digital media study
Classroom Considerations

  • Given the density of the ideas presented and the number of historical references, consider showing the video once and then replaying it, stopping to discuss the concepts and references in greater depth
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  • The resource includes the video, a brief assessment of understanding, discussion questions, and a link to related videos
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